The science fiction classic that coined the term "time machine" and is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel. A must listen for any fan of science fiction!
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The narrator would pause, frequently in the middle of a sentence, as if he needed more energy to continue. It was distracting and ultimately, greatly diminished my enjoyment of the book itself.
The story itself is a great story, classic science fiction from a master of the genre. A story worth knowing by anyone interested in science fiction. However, the performance made it difficult to enjoy the story. Munro's style pauses frequently as he reads, but his pauses are often more lengthy than they should be, and occur at someone odd places, breaking the flow of the story greatly.
For the price, it's worth listening, but if you're really wanting to enjoy the story, look for a different narration.
Good story, but don't expect a fun, action packed read. Take a ride to the future, where we see the inevitable outcome of our "modern" political society. Interesting..
The book was made into a movie that was pretty entertaining. Be warned though; the movie took out the political criticisms that made up most of the book, and made it a completely different story.
Yes to Wells. Probably not to Munro.
Using a different narrator.
This has already been done
The Time Machine is an interesting story. To appreciate it, I think one must consider the time in which it was written. My problem is with the Audible narration. Munro's cadence makes it almost unbearable to listen to. Not at all what I would expect from a Professional Narration. Perhaps this was a one-time problem. If the price for the narration would have been more than one dollar, I would definitely request a refund.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
No, but it's definitely better than the movie version with Rod Taylor and Yvette Mimieux. It's much more a view of elitism and workers and the evolution of two separate species of man because of that.
When the Time Traveler figures out that his initial views are wrong about the Eloi and the Underground apes. Mr. Wells was quite a socialist in his views of right and wrong. I enjoyed his take on what the future could hold for us all.
I can do my housework while I listen. I love all audible books because of that fact.
Time enough, or time will tell.
This book was an excellent bargain at $.49 on audible. It's a quick listen and a classic story. What else could you ask for?
Odd pauses. Almost like he treats the end of the printed line like the end of a sentence. I like his voice, but not the odd pauses.
Vigilante, Out-of-control Conciousness, white knuckling the steering wheel of this Meat Vehicle I am strapped into.
I would try anything by HG Wells, the man is a master wordsmith.
I Will avoid Munro like a plague
No it has not.
No way. This reading was horrendous. Weird cadence, a voice that could kill kittens. It was painful.
The book is incredible, I have read a physical copy, but Munro, he ruined it.
No - The narrator destroyed it for me. He apparently went to the William Shantner School for Nonsensical Pauses. I eventually just quit listening.
His constant pausing as he read was annoying and sometimes occurred in odd places. This weird style affected my enjoyment of the story.
Written over a 100 years ago, The Time Machine is still one of the greatest science fiction titles ever, in my opinion. Why I was not forced to read this in high school, instead of the tired old 'classics,' is beyond me! After seeing many movies based on this book, I really wanted to read the source material and finally did last night. I finished it in less than four hours. The symbolism of the future was clear, but beyond that it is also a really good tale. This is how scifi should read with adventure and suspense around every corner. In addition, Wells' superb use of language helped this rise above the slew of wannabe sci-fi books put out there today. This would be required reading in my world and I can't believe I waited so long to read it!!
I would recommend the book, just not this narrator.
HG Wells' vision of the future. The first person narration and the language is obviously dated, but nonetheless eloquent and interesting.
There are several very good narrators who I have been introduced to through Audible. Most recently, I very much appreciated the narrator of Earth Abides, by George R Stewart.
I just might try the other version here @ Audible, even though I have listened to this already. This novella is a classic and deserves better narration.
"OK story for its time, terrible narration"
I knew the story of The Time Machine from the film adaptation, and too be honest, I did not care hugely for the story, but as a product of its time and as a precursor to modern science fiction, it certainly has its place. However, my main issue with this book was the narration, which was truly awful. Every…sentence…was…so…stilted…it…drove…me…mad!!! Really very poor, I would have given up if the book was not so short, it really did not aide my enjoyment.
"Great story - pity about the way it is read"
Whilst I had already seen the film of The Time Machine, I was curious to hear the original story. It was good, but the way that Alan Munro reads it, I found frustrating. It was very much like it was just being read flatly from the pages of a book. His phrasing was odd and he'd pause between words. Unfortunately, that totally spoiled my enjoyment of the story.
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